About Ascend 2020

Ascend 2020 links business schools, business service-providing organizations, and Community Development Financial Institutions to create local support ecosystems for neighborhood-based, inner-city, and minority-owned businesses in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

An evolution of the University of Washington Foster School of Business’ 3-M Model, Ascend 2020 was created through a grant from JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward initiative. The initiative supports small businesses with the potential to grow, to offer quality employment, and to create economic opportunity for vulnerable populations and their communities.